Updated 11:18 PM EDT, Sun September 20, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, died September 18, 2020, due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 87.
"Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice."
Ginsburg had several bouts with cancer. She had radiation therapy for the pancreatic cancer in 2019. In 2018, she underwent surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung. She was also treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer in 2009, and she had surgery to treat colon cancer in 1999.
Ginsburg was the oldest Supreme Court justice. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and she led the court's liberal wing.